Energy efficiency in care homes
By DAVID WARD, chief executive, DWA Architects
All care homes can introduce energy efficiency into their design at minimal extra cost. The extent to which individual homes are designed beyond current building regulation standards will depend on many factors, the most important of which is location.
In urban locations there is still considerable hostility from neighbourhood organisations to visual intrusion and construction noise, which can rule out many design options at planning stage. Planning officers are also subject to the demands of nationwide pressure groups: there is, for example, a well organis